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Microbix Announces A New Technology Platform For The SST Project
Date:4/7/2009

    New intellectual property strengthens shareholders' exclusive access to
    the global livestock AI industry

TORONTO, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Microbix Biosystems Inc. (MBX:TSX) announced today that the Company is proceeding to submit a new patent application, based on discoveries arising from its extensive work on the Semen Sexing Technology (SST) program.

The new technology represents a significant departure from other methods to separate sperm cells by sex, and will potentially provide the Company with a further entree into the global Artificial Insemination (AI) industry. The technology affords shareholders a strong and exclusive intellectual property position and a simplified path through development and commercialization. The Company does not anticipate significant further research-phase investment in SST, and anticipates the ability to focus exclusively on development and commercialization activities with timelines determined accordingly.

"In the high risk world of biotech R&D, this is a success by any standard," said Microbix Chief Executive Officer William J. Gastle. "New intellectual property, in a large market, with a significant competitive advantage, are all criteria to be met when creating shareholder value. That is what we have done here."

The worldwide AI market is over $ 2.5 billion and Microbix estimates that sexed semen will garner a premium price of about 2.5 times the price of unsexed semen product. The Company's previous estimate of royalties of 15% of sales remains unchanged with the new technology. A number of AI companies representing 13% of the market have already agreed to participate in field trials.

The acquisition of the initial protein-based technology and assets from Sequent Biotechnologies in 2005 gave Microbix a significant lead in understanding the structural differences between X and Y chromosome-bearing bovine sperm. In June 2007 the Company reported
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